FAQ (questions I kept being asked when walking around in this costume)
What is it!?
Yea.. I got asked this a lot... was nice when the occasional WH40k nerd came up to me and said "hey, a battle sister"! or something of the sort.
So yes, it is a Sister Of Battle, Order Of Our Martyred Lady to be exact. It's based on that gorgeous artwork Karl Kopinsky made for the Witch Hunters codex. I instantly fell in love when I saw it.
I actually considered Repentia first, but I'm more comfortable in something like this.
How long did it take you to make this?
2 weeks. I was playing around with planning sketches and buying materials for it
for about a year before that (aka doing all the fun stuff first, and delaying the actual
work until I can barely get the costume together in time without reducing my hands to bloody stumps)
How did you make the light in the gun?
(not very visible on these pictures, but the melta has a LED light down it's nozzle for effect.)
It's a dot-it LED light. Cheap I guess, but it also happens to be one of the most powerful LED lights that size.
How did you make this?
Meh, lots of different materials and techniques. If there's something in particular you need to know,
ask me about that particular part only. Explaining the whole costume could take a while.
Usually people wonder how I made the "armor". Well, it's basically foam on a steel wire frame,
treated with latex and varnish. All the armor bits were painted with GW paints only,
in the colour scheme described in the codex (Order Of Our Martyred Lady). The gun's colour scheme is my own.
I find the Boltgun Metal-painted guns a tad boring.
Isn't that very hot to wear?
Yes, it was. But much more uncomfortable were the shoes and the corset. I hate wearing corsets,
even if I bought mine a size too big I could barely stand it. I'm also partial to flat jogging-shoes for casual wear,
so I'm just as used to wearing heels as most men would be (actually, probably even less so).